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Civil Wedding Ceremony With Words Of Commitment

This civil wedding ceremony script was written by American Marriage Ministries to serve as a starting point for your own wedding ceremony. It includes a "Words of Commitment" section in the ceremony that serves as an addition or alternative to the couple's wedding vows. We encourage you to use this script as is or build on this script for a more personalized ceremony for the couple.

PROCESSIONAL

  • Guests are Seated.

INVOCATION

officiant to the couple

"[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of human interaction. The story of your life together is still yours to write. All those present have come to witness and celebrate your love and commitment this day - eager to a part of the story not yet told.

[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER B], remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Take responsibility for making the other feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.

When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at some time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not just the part that seems wrong. In this way, you can survive the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, it does not mean the sun has gone away.

And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

WEDDING VOWS

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A

"Repeat after me:I [PARTNER A], take you [PARTNER B] to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before.

I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you,

loving you faithfully through good times and bad,

regardless of the obstacles we may face together.

I give you my hand, my heart, and my love,

from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

  • PARTNER A REPEATS THE VOWS LINE BY LINE.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER B

"Repeat after me:I [PARTNER A], take you [PARTNER A] to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before.

I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you,

loving you faithfully through good times and bad,

regardless of the obstacles we may face together.

I give you my hand, my heart, and my love,

from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

  • PARTNER B REPEATS THE VOWS LINE BY LINE.

RING EXCHANGE

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today."

PARTNER A TO PARTNER B

"I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you."

  • PARTNER A PLACES THE RING ON PARTNER B'S FINGER.

PARTNER B TO PARTNER A

"I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness. As I place it on your finger, I commit my heart and soul to you."

  • PARTNER B PLACES THE RING ON PARTNER A'S FINGER.

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"Today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of human interaction.

The story of your life together is still yours to write. All those present have come to witness and celebrate your love and commitment this day - eager to a part of the story not yet told."

WORDS OF COMMITMENT

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"[PARTNER A] and [PARTNER A], remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

Take responsibility for making the other feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at some time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not just the part that seems wrong.In this way, you can survive the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, does not mean the sun has gone away. And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

DECLARATION OF INTENT

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A

"Repeat after me:I [PARTNER A], take you [PARTNER B] to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before.

I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together.

I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

  • PARTNER A REPEATS THE WORDS SENTENCE BY SENTENCE.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER B

"Repeat after me:I [PARTNER B], take you [PARTNER A] to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love.

I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before.

I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together.

I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live."

  • PARTNER B REPEATS THE WORDS SENTENCE BY SENTENCE.

RING EXCHANGE

OFFICIANT TO THE COUPLE

"Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. Let these rings also be a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past, and that, despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today."

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER A

"[PARTNER A], as you place this ring on [PARTNER B]'s finger, please repeat after me:

With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge you my love, now and forever."

  • partner a repeats the words as they place the ring on partner b's finger.

OFFICIANT TO PARTNER b

"[PARTNER B], as you place this ring on [PARTNER A]'s finger, please repeat after me:

With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge you my love, now and forever."

  • partner B repeats the words as they place the ring on partner A's finger.

PRONOUNCEMENT

officiant to the couple

"By the authority vested in my by the State of [WEDDING STATE], I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.You may now kiss the bride!"

RECESSIONAL

End of the Wedding Ceremony.



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